Yes, this is my daughter hiding behind a bush of Basil…why ever is she hiding…you ask. Well, actually she was sniffing her brains out. It smelled so absolutely, positively divine. It ended up I had to pry her dirty, half polish chipped off twelve year old hands of my basil, so I could wash it and make first Tomato Basil Soup and second Pesto.
If you missed my previous post on roasting tomatoes then go here and then come back and put the roasted tomatoes in your blender or Vitamix if you are lucky enough to have one of them jobbies. (I don’t, but I have been hinting for a good two years to my family that I would love one)
Pour 1 1/2 cups of the chicken stock in with the tomatoes. Blend for 1 to 2 minutes until smooth.
Now add the onions and garlic to the blender with the tomatoes. (Set your pan aside to use again in a minute.) Give them another whirl until well blended and smooth. Approximately 1-2 minutes. Now you want to pour the tomato soup base back into the pan you sauteed the onion and garlic in.
Time to give your soup a KICK! We like spice, this family of mine. Return the pan back to the heat and add 1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes you could add just a dash or you could leave it out all together. Suite yourself!
Now for a spoonful of sugar….1 tablespoon to be exact. Give it a stir. Now add the remaining chicken stock. If you prefer your soup a bit thicker then only add 1 1/2 cups of stock or you can add the remaining 2 1/2 cups…that’s what I did. Slow simmer.
Now after you have your basil chiffonaded, toss it on into your slow simmering soup and then turn off the heat. Give it a stir. Let it sit for 5 minutes to let that basil get all warm and cozy. Then serve with grilled cheese or Cheesy Toast.
This soup freezes fantastically. If you are going to make it to freeze I would follow all the steps except leave out the 2nd addition of chicken stock. Add the additional stock when you thaw and reheat. I hope your family enjoys this as much as mine does. It is also one of those meals that is great to make when you have a busy night because you can just leave it on the stove with the toast off to the side and when your family starts rolling in they can help themselves and warm it up in the microwave.